New Budweiser Can
Budweiser beer is introducing a bowtie-shaped can, designed to mirror its longtime bowtie logo. The can, which will be available in eight-packs beginning on May 6th, is the result of several years of technological advancements, with Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation for Anheuser-Busch, explaining, “Aluminum can be stretched only about 10 percent without fracturing, which requires that the angles of the bow tie be very precise.” Anheuser-Busch says the can is easy to grip and eye-catching, and their research shows it’s appealing to young adults. However, you’ll be giving up a little bit of beer to get the new can, with it holding only 11.3 ounces rather than the standard 12. And for those of you who don’t like change, don’t worry, the standard can isn’t going anywhere, with Anheuser-Busch having no plans for the bowtie can to replace it.
Drunk Man Releases Zoo Animals
A Florida man is accused of breaking into a zoo and cutting the locks on nearly every cage – including those of a wild boar, mountain lion and bobcat. When zoo employees arrived at work on Monday (April 15), they found the deer, pigs and birds out of their cages. Jack Wollman, an employee of the Everglades Wonder Gardens, saw a man by the barn area and chased him into the parking lot. The man, Steven Trew, was detained until police arrived. He admitted that he was drunk at the time of his arrest. David Piper, owner of the park, told the Associated Press that Trew was angry that the zoo is set to close on April 21. (Huffington Post)
Elephant Dung Beer Sells Out
A Japanese brewery created a beer made from coffee beans that have been harvested from elephant dung and it sold out within minutes of going on sale in the country. The beer, made by the Sankt Gallen brewery is called Un, Kono Kuro – a play on the Japanese word for “crap.” It is described as a “chocolate stout” even though it contains no chocolate. The coffee beans used in the beer comes from Thailand’s Golden Triangle Foundation and just cost approximately $100 per 1.25 ounces. (Metro Uk)
Ironman 3 Going 4DX In Japan
The moviegoing experience will get more interactive in Japan with Iron Man 3 debuting in 4DX. 4DX adds tilting seats, bubble makers on the ceiling, fog, wind, strobe lighting, and odors.
AAA Says Cost Of Car Ownership Will Increase This Year
A AAA report shows that people will spend an average of $9,122 on their cars this year, nearly a 2 percent increase over last year. John Nielsen, AAA Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair said, “Many factors go into the cost calculation of owning and operating a vehicle. This year, changes in maintenance, fuel and insurance costs resulted in the increase..” Insurance costs are expected to rise 2.76 percent while the cost of replacing tires was unchaged from 2012 to 2013. (nbcnews.com)
Some Criticizing Auction of Gun Owned By L.A. Cop Turned Killer Christopher Dorner
Some are criticizing the auction by a Las Vegas pawn shop of a gun once owned by Christopher Dorner, the former L.A. cop who targeted current officers and their families in February, killing two cops and the daughter of another and her fiance before he died in a standoff with police at a Big Bear cabin. Dorner sold the .38 revolver to the pawn shop for $50 two weeks before he began his rampage, the shop’s owner told local TV station KTNV. There have been more than 39 bidders so far in the two-week auction, with the price for the gun up over $2,000. The sale posting says proceeds from the sale will go to charity, calling Dorner a “coward and murderer.” Pawn shop owner George Bramlett told KTNV that he’d hoped to donate the money from the sale to the families of the police officers who were killed, but said they weren’t interested. Sergeant Brian Smith, the president of the Riverside Police Officers Association, which is raising money for one of the fallen officers, told the Los Angeles Times that the gun sale was, quote, “tasteless” and the money raised from it wasn’t welcome, stating that the pawn shop should give the gun to local police to have it destroyed.
Poll: Americans More Afraid of Random Violence Than Terrorism
We still don’t know if the Boston Marathon bombing was domestic or foreign terrorism, but a new Reuters/Ipsos poll taken in the two days since the attack found that most Americans are more afraid of random acts of violence committed by other Americans than of terrorism. Asked which events pose the biggest threat to the safety of average Americans, 56 percent said random acts of violence, such as mass shootings, committed by Americans, 32 percent said foreign terrorism committed by non-Americans, and 13 percent said politically or religiously motivated domestic terrorism committed by Americans. A minority of respondents, 42 percent, said the Boston bombings had left them more afraid for the safety of themselves and their families.